LOCAL students earn academic honors

Local student makes dean’s list at Connecticut College

 David Meneses Ontiveros of Jamaica Plain, 2023, Dean’s High Honors, Undeclared  been named to the dean’s list for high honors the 2020 spring semester.

Founded in 1911, Connecticut College is a highly selective private liberal college located on a 750-acre arboretum campus overlooking Long Island Sound and the Thames River. Our innovative educational approach, Connections, integrates everything our 1,800 students experience here-classes, majors, study abroad, internships, residence hall and campus life-so they learn how to look at problems from multiple angles and find value in differing points of view. Our mission is to educate students to put the liberal arts into action as citizens in a global society. For more information, see www.conncoll.edu or find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.

Curry College Announces Spring 2020 Dean’s List Students

Curry College congratulates roughly 1,000 students who were named to the Spring 2020 Dean’s List. To earn a place on the list, full-time undergraduate students – those who carry 12 or more graded credits per semester – must earn a 3.3 grade-point-average (GPA) or higher.

Lucas Burgos-Torres of Jamaica Plain and majoring in Communication

Rosa Volquez-Trinidad of Jamacia Plain and majoring in Nursing

Founded in 1879, Curry College is a private, four-year, liberal arts-based institution located on 131 acres in Milton, Mass. Curry extends its educational programs to a continuing education branch campus in Plymouth, Mass. Curry offers 28 undergraduate majors, as well as graduate degrees in business, accounting, education, criminal justice, and nursing, with a combined enrollment of over 3,700 students. The student body consists of approximately 2,000 traditional undergraduate students, and 1,700 continuing education and graduate students. Approximately 1,575 of its students reside on the Curry campus. The largest majors are business management, communication, nursing, criminal justice, and education, and the college is also internationally known for its Program for the Advancement of Learning (PAL). The College offers a wide array of extra-curricular activities ranging from 15 NCAA Division III athletic teams to an outstanding theatre program. Visit us on the web at www.curry.edu.

Local Student on dean’s list at Denison University

Lariona Jacobs, 2020 was  among 714 students named to Denison University’s 2020 spring semester dean’s list by Provost Kim Coplin. “Denison students thrive as they learn new modes of thought and are challenged to see the world in complex ways by faculty who share their own personal enthusiasm for research and scholarship,” says Coplin. Students who achieve dean’s list status have maintained a grade point average of 3.7 or better (out of 4.0) for the semester.

Local student graduates from Denison University

The following students were among 574 graduates awarded degrees by Denison University President Adam Weinberg at a virtual conferral of degrees event held on Saturday, May 16.

Lariona Jacobs of Jamaica Plain, Bachelor of Arts degree with a double major in anthropology/sociology and communication

Built on a foundation of academic breadth, depth, and rigor and lasting relationships, Denison University unlocks the potential of our students to be architects of their own lives. We create pathways for our students to quickly make friends and find mentors. We help them figure out what kind of lives they want to lead, and we help them develop the skills, values, habits, networks, and experiences to launch into professions so they can build those lives. As Denison continues to build upon its strengths, our focus is on deepening mentorship; expanding the liberal arts curriculum; reinventing the career exploration process; and leveraging our close proximity to Columbus, one of the nation’s best cities for the arts, internships, and entrepreneurship.


Fontbonne is pleased to announce a student from Jamaica Plain has earned Honor Roll status for Quarter Three/Four 2019-20.  Join us in congratulating her on her achievement: 

First Honors

Zuri Kilson-Kuchtic ‘21

Below you will find the requirements for the Honor Roll tiers: 

FIRST HONORS: GPA 3.750 – 3.999 with no grade below B- in college prep and honors courses or C+ in an A.P. course in a given quarter.

Fontbonne is a Catholic, All-Girl High School and Early College serving families throughout Greater Boston and the South Shore.  Inspiring remarkable girls since 1954, Fontbonne is a leader in private school education and a sponsored ministry of the Sisters of Saint Joseph of Boston.

Martin Graduates from Colby College

Nicholas C. Martin of Jamaica Plain, Mass., was one of 480 seniors who graduated from Colby College in Waterville, Maine, May 24, 2020, receiving a bachelor of arts degree.

Martin, who majored in English and educational studies, attended Beaver Country Day School and is the son of James Martin and Sheila Murphy of Jamaica Plain, Mass.

“This was to be the day that we would gather on Miller lawn for your formal commencement exercises and all that they represented in terms of your learning, accomplishments, and growth,” said President David A. Greene, speaking live from Colby’s Lorimer Chapel.

“At Colby,” he said, “you lived in a community where relationships are central to everything we do. The irony that we all recognize is that learning and living through deep, meaningful relationships-the most fulfilling, enlightening way to live-is threatened when this pandemic limits close personal interaction. But this threat will not last.

“The knowledge that we are better together,” he said, “that human connection and the bonds of community are essential to humanity will drive us to eradicate the damaging impact of this virus.”

Local students make dean’s list at St. Sebastian’s

St. Sebastian’s School is proud to announce the names of students who were named to the Fourth Quarter and Second Semester Honor Rolls under the following categories: High Honors (A- or above in all subjects), Honors with Distinction (B or above in all subjects), Honors (B- or above in all subjects) and Effort (Marks of 1 or 2 in all subjects, 4th quarter only).

Students from Jamaica Plain include: 

Michael J. Kalinichenko, Grade 9, High Honors, High Honors, Effort 

Maxim D. Kalinichenko, Grade 7, High Honors, High Honors, Effort 

Kristian A. Rosario, Grade 12, Honors with Distinction

Luis E. Sosa Espinal, Grade 7, Honors with Distinction, Honors with Distinction, Effort 

Local residents make Dean’s List at Wentworth Institute of Technology

The following local residents have made the Dean’s List at Wentworth Institute of Technology for the spring 2020 semester.

* Nathifa Nadine Debellotte of Jamaica Plain 

* Olivia G McLaughlin of Jamaica Plain 

* Saba Kahassai of Jamaica Plain 

* Christopher Thomas Grouard of Jamaica Plain

Founded in 1904, Wentworth Institute of Technology stresses project-based, hands-on learning, with an emphasis on cooperative education and careers, community enrichment, and contributing to the economic vitality of the Greater Boston region. The nationally ranked school is recognized as a leader in engineering, technology, design and science.

Union College honors Class of 2020 during   virtual ceremony

The 90-minute event, “Honoring U: A Tribute to the Class of 2020,” premiered on YouTube and Facebook. It featured the conferral of degrees on the 477 members of the class by President David R. Harris.

These students included:

Bernadine Conklin, of Jamaica Plain, graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree cum laude majoring in Political Science and Russian and Eastern European Studies.

Carlos Piedad, of Jamaica Plain, graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree cum laude majoring in Environmental Policy.

Elena Ruiz, of Jamaica Plain, graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree magna cum laude majoring in Anthropology.


The University of Wisconsin-Madison has recognized Jamaica Plain resident Sara Pratt,, of College of Letters and Science was named to the Dean’s List for the spring semester of the 2019-2020 academic year.

Students who achieve at a high level academically are recognized by the dean at the close of each semester. To be eligible for the Dean’s List, students must complete a minimum of 12 graded degree credits in that semester. Each university school or college sets its own GPA requirements for students to be eligible to receive the distinction. Most call the honor “dean’s list”, but some grant the “Dean’s Honor List” and “Dean’s High Honor List.”

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